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Petitgrain-Did You Know?

petitgrain-orange-leafDid you know petitgrain is the oil of ancestry? Petitgrain brightens patterns and inclinations of unconsciously repeating family mistakes. The person in need of petitgrain is lacking the skills or unwilling to remove themselves from their families way of thinking. Instead they follow in the footsteps of their ancestral traditions.

When I first opened the bottle of petitgrain I couldn’t put my finger on the smell, then it occurred to me that it smells a little bit like fried green tomatoes that I ate a lot of as a child. There are three essential oils that come from the bitter orange tree. Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree. Neroli essential oil is distilled from the blossoms and bitter orange oil is produced by cold pressing the rinds of the fruit.

Originally the oil was produced in distilleries from the unripe oranges when they were the size of grapes. This explains why it is named Petitgrain, which in French means little grains. Nevertheless, this proved to be uneconomical and so the oil began being extracted from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree instead.

Historically, petitgrain essential oil has been used for cleaning purposes and it has been used internally to support healthy immune system and nervous system function. Emerging scientific evidence provides support for these tradition and other uses. Adding one or two drops to water or juice may help support the health of cardiovascular, immune, nervous and digestive systems.

Love Your Work

GoatWhen I think back on my childhood one thing that I remember was how much I worked. This was not a bad thing either. Our family had to work if we wanted food on our table. We had a huge garden and animals to feed on our little farm. I feel truly blessed to grow up where we did and learned the value of hard work.

When most kids were excited to sleep in and play all summer the Fish children were already up at 6:30 a.m. milking the goats and harvesting what crops were in season before breakfast. I look back with fondness of the opportunities I had of learning how to really work hard and feel good about what I had accomplished that day. At the time, I was working I thought of a thousand things that would have been better than working.

Twice each year my brother, Melvin and myself had the job of cleaning out the barn. This was six months of old hay and manure. It would take all day. I can still hear my Dad say, “Any job worth doing is worth doing right”

I can also remember the summer of 1976. Everyone in the family helped my Mom can 1,000 bottles of fruit when she was 9 months pregnant with my brother, Aaron, with only a fan blowing in the house. I am so thankful for parents that taught me how to work.

How many of us know someone that works hard, yet never seems to get anything accomplished? Sometimes it is better to work smart rather than working hard.

Did you ever hear of the single idea for which a man was paid $25,000? It was worth every penny of it. The story goes that Charles Schwab the president of a big steel company had granted an interview to an efficiency expert named Ivy Lee.

Lee was telling his prospective client how he could help him do a better job of managing the company, when the president broke in to say something to the effect that he wasn’t at present managing as well as he knew how.

He went on to tell Ivy Lee that what was needed wasn’t more knowing but a lot more doing. He said, “We know what we should be doing. Now if you can show us a better way of getting it done, I’ll listen to you and pay you anything within reason you ask.”

Well, Lee then said that he could give him something in 20 minutes that would increase his efficiency by at least 50 percent. He then handed the executive a blank sheet of paper and said, “Write down on this paper the six most important things you have to do tomorrow.” Well, the executive thought about it and did as requested. It took him about three or four minutes.

Then Lee said, “Now number those items in the order of their importance to you or to the company.” Well, that took another three or four minutes, and then Lee said, “Now put the paper in your pocket, first thing tomorrow morning take it out and look at item number one. Don’t look at the others, just number one, and start working on it. If you can, stay with it until it’s completed, then take item number two the same way, then number three, and so on, till you have to quit for the day.

“Don’t worry if you’ve only finished one or two; the others can wait. If you can’t finish them all by this method, you could not have finished them with any other method. Without some system, you’d probably take 10 times as long to finish them and might not even have them in the order of their importance.

“Do this every working day,” Lee went on. “After you’ve convinced yourself of the value of this system, have your people try it. Try it as long as you like. Then send me your check for whatever you think the idea is worth.”

The entire interview hadn’t taken more than a half-hour. In a few weeks the story has it that the company president sent Ivy Lee a check for $25,000 with a letter saying the lesson was the most profitable, from a money standpoint, he’d ever learned in his life. It was later said that in five years this was the plan that was largely responsible for turning what was then a little-known steel company into one of the biggest independent steel producers in the world.

We will all work in some form or another our entire life. Lets all make a difference in the life of others through our work. Our mind is also a powerful tool when solving problems at work or in life, so use it.